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Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke praised Sun Lakes’ Mary Ernst.

June 6th, 2021 development
Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke praised Sun Lakes’ Mary Ernst.


Sun Lakes Rotary Club has been busy lately, awarding scholarships and honoring a Galveston Elementary Teacher.

The club’s May Teacher of the Month Award went to Rose Marie Bogue, who teaches third grade at Galveston.

“Rose Marie has been a teacher for over 37 years, 13 of which have been at Galveston Elementary,” said club publicist Dr. Honora A. Norton.

“Additionally, she is an English language development program specialist. Rose Marie earned her bachelor’s degree in 1984 at California’s Azusa Pacific University; and, in 1987 her master’s degree from California’s Cal State San Bernardino.”

The award selection is based on a number of factors, including a teacher’s total years of service in education; examples of how the teacher goes above the normal requirements and enhances education; the respect shown for the teacher by peers, students and parents; and the teacher’s involvement in extracurricular activities and service in the community.

A $500 check is awarded to the honored teacher – $200 from the Sun Lakes Rotary Club, $200 from Earnhardt Automotive Center and $100 from Trust Bank.

Meanwhile, the club also awarded scholarships to three newly minted high school graduates.

Hamilton High School’s Aris Ahu and Casteel High student Lily Grace won the Sun Lakes Rotary’s 2021 Service Above Self Scholarships.

Lily is considering political science studies and Aris has his eye on a career in information technology studies.

The club’s 2021 Vocational Scholarship was awarded to Adrianna Camacho, Chandler High School, who is considering nursing studies.

The $2,000 scholarships will be sent directly to the school that the winners will be attending this fall, Norton said.

A panel of judges reviewed and scored applications from area high school seniors.

Each application included a 300-word essay, which provided the student’s beliefs and understanding of what “service above self” means; teacher recommendations; and, student academic standing data.

Also factoring in are each student’s exhibiting exemplary acts of service and character.

Sun Lakes Rotary Club, chartered in 1986 with Rotary International, is a community leadership organization made up of men and women from local businesses, professional, education, civic and emerging leaders.

Rotary International has over 35,000 member clubs worldwide, with a membership of 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians.

Sun Lakes Rotary holds Tuesday weekly hybrid (Zoom and Palo Verde Country Club) Tuesdays for its more than 80 members.   

Among the projects supported by Sun Lakes Rotary are education through schools in the Chandler Unified School District literacy through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and water access and sustainability through the Navajo Nation Water Project.

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